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Bible Commentaries

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

2 Corinthians 8

Verse 1

Verse 1

We do you to wit; we make known to you.

Verse 2

Verse 2

In a great trial; in a time of great trial.

Verse 3

Verse 3

To their power; to the extent of their power.

Verse 4

Verse 4

The fellowship of the ministering, &c.; the charge of conveying the contribution to those for whom it was intended.

Verse 5

Verse 5

Not as we hoped; not merely as much as we hoped.

Verse 6

Verse 6

Finish in you the same grace, call upon you to finish the work, by your contributions.

Verse 7

Verse 7

In this grace; liberality.

Verse 8

Verse 8

The forwardness of others; the readiness and zeal of others, that is, of the churches in Macedonia.

Verse 9

Verse 9

The grace; the goodness and mercy.

Verse 15

Verse 15

This language refers to the gathering of the manna. (Exodus 16:18,) and is used here as illustrative of the nature of Christian liberality.

Verse 17

Verse 17

The exhortation; the request which I made that he would go to you.

Verse 18

Verse 18

The brother, whose praise, &c. It is not known to whom Paul here refers. Some conjecture that it was Luke; others, Mark; others, Silas or Barnabas.

Verse 19

Verse 19

This grace; this gift; that is, the contribution before referred to.--And declaration of your ready mind; that is, to the manifestation of your ready liberality.

Verse 20

Verse 20

In this abundance; in respect to this property, namely, the money contributed.

Verse 21

Verse 21

For honest things; things reputable, free from all appearance of wrong.

Verse 22

Verse 22

Our brother. There are no means of ascertaining what individual is here referred to.

Verse 23

Verse 23

Whether any, &c.; if any.

Verse 24

Verse 24

And of our boasting, &c.; that is, show that the praises we have given you were deserved.

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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on 2 Corinthians 8". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ain/2-corinthians-8.html. 1878.